Silence Really Is Golden At The BBC

BBC spent £28m of licence-fee payers’ money gagging 500 staff

The BBC has used licence fee payers’ money to buy the silence of more than 500 staff with payouts of up to £500,000 each


Never mind the £300,000 spent concealing the inconvenient findings of the Balen Report….which reporters would have received pay offs along with their P45s if that had been published?

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49 Responses to Silence Really Is Golden At The BBC

  1. Mo says:

    Apart from being rabid facists they also appear to be criminals. Is this not a strong case in itself for the deletion of the BBC .

    Further, since a state funded broadcaster almost commits acts of treason in it’s overall derision of Britain and support of it’s enemies, should such an institution ever be allowed now or in the future?


  2. Joe Chapman says:

    When it comes to ‘transparency’ the BBC is like a black hole, not merely blocking light, it actively sucks it it.


  3. Andrew says:

    Is it just my impression or is the BBC now in the news (nearly always for the wrong reasons) on a fortnightly – if not quite yet weekly – basis?


    • Richard Pinder says:

      The BBC is facing two and possibly three select committees in the coming months, so its going to get significantly worse.


  4. Backwoodsman says:

    These really are incredible sums of public cash the bbc has been handing out to staff. An indication of how out of control the whole public sector has become.
    Ay least the bbc is starting to lose its ‘sacred cow’ status.
    Would love to see someone with the time and technical ability organise an online licence fee boycott campaign !


  5. Joshaw says:

    Let’s call it what it is – corruption.


    • picky20 says:

      Don’t forget the BRIBERY – paying someone to refrain from telling the truth. Gagging orders are morally appalling, preventing the truth coming to light. They need to be challenged on a very broad basis, wherever they are being used – everywhere these days, it seems.


    • Chop says:

      “The BBC has a department dedicated to dealing with FoI rquests and it told us it cannot give us the total figure for the last fifteen years because the BBC’s Employment Law Department central database only records what it calls ‘relevant data’ from April 2005 and BBC HR does not keep a central record of the data we asked about.”

      “It added that providing the information we requested would involve manually going through personnel files and that would take in excess of 2 and a half days thus, under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act, it is allowed to refuse to handle our request.”

      Allowed is one thing, but morally, it’s wrong….and what path did dear old Auntie take?

      They are the KGB…

      A department to handle FOI requests???

      Blimey, just how many skeletons do they have in that bulging closet?


  6. George R says:

    “The BBC has been outpaced by reality, and has become unsustainable”

    By Mark Wallace.


    “But whatever your view may be on its quality, bias or scandals, none of them poses the greatest threat to the Corporation’s future. Many would make a case for the BBC’s abolition, while plenty of others would line up to defend it to the death. In reality, either case is irrelevant. It is a simple truth that the BBC as we know it – licence-funded, compulsory, immovable – is unsustainable, a dead Auntie walking. ”


    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      Weird how no defenders of the indefensible have posted a comment over there. There are people defending the BBC, but not a sound from those who do it here. Why, it’s almost as if they have a different motivation entirely.


    • Stewart says:

      the exchange with the BBC minder was priceless ,was he wearing a leather trench coat I wonder?


  7. Beeboidal says:

    The Telegraph quotes former Countryfile presenter Miriam

    ” The BBC as a public service broadcaster is renowned for honesty, truth, and freedom of speech.”

    Miriam, are we talking about the same BBC that cannot bring itself to air the truth vis à vis badgers and hedgehogs?


    • Mat says:

      Sorry would this be the same BBC “honesty, truth, and freedom of speech ” that sacked her for a younger model and which she then sued ?


      • Phil Ford says:

        Would this also be the same BBC now known beyond any doubt to have actively sought to silence, censor and ignore any and all who dare to dissent from the discredited ‘man-made’ climate narrative so enthusiastically propagandized by this hateful Corporation?


    • chrisH says:

      Or indeed the very one that bundled her out, bullied her and lost its court case re harassment of older women at the BBC?
      Good God -if SHE thinks the BBC are anything but hypocritical double-dealing scum after what they did to HER…then that`ll be a big case of masochistic Stockholm Syndrome.
      The BBC are very lucky in their choice of enemies-like the NHS in fact.
      Maybe they`re due a real fight sometime soon with the rest of us…for I truly hate the fact that the BBC exist,these days.
      What the hell will we be telling our kids?…that despite Ross/Brand/Savile/Hall and the ITMA culture?…we still paid our compulsory taxes and let them do so unmolested( or Saviled, as we must learn now to say!)?


  8. Mice Height says:

    More fool the licence fee payers.


  9. Bof says:

    The Telegraph comment thread continues to expand.Looks as if anti Beeb dissatisfaction is finally becoming mainstream.


    • Stewart says:

      That ‘nextman’ has a familiar style


      • Chop says:

        ….Bit of “A bore” if you ask me, is brother Alba…erm, i mean Will….erm…I mean Dez…sorry, Nextman. 😉


        • Albaman says:



          • Chop says:

            PMSL!!!….Sorry Alba old bean….you know what it’s like, all you lefties sound the same 😉


            • Albaman says:

              Bit like me saying that all rightys are paranoid prats but that would be a bit of a generalisation.


              • Chop says:


                The left are THE most paranoid out there….hence, a left winger like yourself trolling a site that has right wing views…nay, let me re-phrase for you, in your style…

                “Paranoid Prats”….there, all better now. 😛


              • pah says:

                Who says we are paranoid? Is it that chap across the road? I suspected as much. He’s always watching me …


                • Stewart says:

                  Just because I’m paranoid it doesn’t mean their not out to de-construct society


  10. George R says:

    “BBC bullying is ‘very troubling’, says top lawyer”


    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      Funny stuff.

      Rose and Russell agreed that there were currently relatively few instances of sexual harassment, given the scale of the BBC. Russell said this meant it was no different from other organisations.

      “Currently”. 😉

      He also said there were “many cultures” within different programme-making areas at the BBC and that it was not correct to say that there were “hot spots” such as newsrooms, where deadlines are always looming and behaviour worse. “It is more to do with the range of individuals. It is not inevitable – we also heard great stories of leadership,” Russell said, though he added that overall there were leadership voids.

      Do tell.

      Referring to the pandering to stars and top talent, Rose said: “Certain people are powerful because they bring in the ratings.”

      She added: “I would like the BBC to sit down with the unions and staff, setting down what is appropriate behaviour, what is and isn’t inappropriate behaviour. If a presenter is coming in for a series, they know you don’t shout at the researcher, you don’t throw your weight around.”

      In other words, this sounds mostly like it’s about ordinary staff not liking the way people like Paxman and Derbyshire treat them. Shouting at the researcher? Oh, the humanity. Not much exciting news in the end, probably. Another “we’ve looked into it, lessons learnt, now go away and leave us alone” report.


  11. Invicta 1066 says:

    Robin Page’s article in last Saturday’s Daily Telegraph was illuminating. Country file did a couple of interviews with people who run hedgehog sanctuary’s and the like.
    Both of the experts cited loss of habitat and road kills for the decline from some 30 million down to about one million in the past 10 years.
    Page believes the decline is in large part due to badger predation, and he makes an excellent case for this.
    He was surprised that one of the experts whom he knows, did not mention badgers during her Country file interview and rang her up to discuss it. She confirmed that she HAD mentioned badger predation several times but it had been EDITED out to comply with the badger friendly culture currently gripping the BBC!
    This should be investigated, a full disclosure made on the next Country file, and those responsible sacked.


  12. Dave s says:

    The BBC looks like a microcosm of the state these days . Both are staggering a bit. Years of liberal left unreality has taken it’s toll. The peasants are no longer so docile and no longer believe either the honeyed words of the BBC or the increasingly unreal statements and promises of the government . As for the bureaucracy it is a byword now for self indulgent incompetence. Perhaps this is how it always ends. Not in tyranny but incompetence.
    Reform looks impossible now. What to do is the question but the nation deserves better than this.


  13. Teddy Bear says:

    It appears the BBC will go to any lengths to protect their ‘reputation’ – unsurprising except to the ignorant among us. Most here already know that this behaviour is typical for this corporation judging by how so much of its output reflects this dishonest, immoral and unethical mindset.

    Bear in mind people found illegally avoiding paying their
    licence fee can face fines of up to £1000 or even a jail sentence. I wonder how any enlightened beings in the future will view this period in our history.

    Since one of the people offered a bribe of silence was Miriam O’Reilly, I wonder how she can still be so blinkard to state:
    “The BBC as a public service broadcaster is renowned for honesty, truth, and freedom of speech. They should not be stopping people from telling the truth.”

    She obviously knows now from her own experience that the BBC IS NOT honest, true and supportive of freedom of speech, but she’s happy to go on working for them and spreading the myth.


    • Teddy Bear says:

      I should add that though she turned down a 5 figure sum for her silence, she pursued her case in the courts and it’s reckoned she received a 6 figure sum, and a 3 year contract.

      Since the £28M paid out doesn’t include an additional sum for legal advice for the BBC and employees or other benefits such as health cover, counselling and training, the legal advice she got obviously told her she can get more by taking it to court.

      O’Reilly is BBC through and through 🙄


  14. George R says:

    ‘Daily Mail’: 1, 2, 3-

    “BBC spends £22million on gagging orders: 500 staff silenced using licence fee money”
    “BBC’s expenses bill up by 50%: Huge surge in amount claimed for flights and rail travel by senior executives”–Huge-surge-claimed-flights-rail-travel-senior-executives.html
    “Senior BBC executive who earns six-figure salary claimed almost £400 when holiday was cancelled in wake of Savile scandal”


  15. S.Trubble says:

    In Scotland it would appear the bBBC have achieved the full cycle and transformed from State Organ to Republican Guard.


  16. Beness says:

    I know a woman who works at the beeb. She says its like Lord of the flies with a sexual agenda.

    The women in power pray upon the other women sexualy. there’ s so many feminists/lesbians that it has become their hive. They hire men who are of the homosexual persuasion for 2 reasons.
    1/ they pose no threat to their own sexual conquests.
    2/ they hire the ones who are submissive so as to let them get on with their own ambitions regarding sexual dominance.


    • Scott M says:

      Bless. I bet they all fly around on their personalised winged pigs, too.

      Honestly, you hear some batshit crazy conspiracy theories on this site, but there’s always room for things to get sillier and sillier.


      • Max Roberts says:

        Looking at the blog you have linked to, I would pretty much say that you have thoroughly disqualified yourself from being able to hold any disinterested opinions on this topic.